In July 2016, IEEE-USA, in collaboration with Tulane University, presents Future Leaders Forum, a first-of-its-kind event that will be heating up the streets of New Orleans, bringing together industry, academic and future luminaries of the STEM world. Future Leaders Forum will focus on early career entrepreneurs, innovators and thinkers in the technology fields, enabling attendees to meet world-renowned technology leaders and learn how to become one.
Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, will kick off the meeting as the first of many exciting speakers. Others include Jonathan Chew, a Project Coordinator with Walt Disney Imagineering; Tracy Chou, a Software Engineer with Pinterest; William “Whurley” Hurley, IBM Master Inventor and Co-founder of Chaotic Moon Studios and Honest Dollar; Lisette Titre-Montgomery, a video game developer for such games as Sims4 and The Simpsons; and Tiago Sousa, a Lead Renderer Programmer for the legendary video game DOOM.
Speakers will present both TEDx-style talks along with panel discussions on a wide range of topics, from addressing common challenges faced by young professionals, to empowerment within diverse work environments. In the afternoons, attendees will have the opportunity to break out into “Learning Labs,” sessions led by professionals relating to everything from prototyping to storytelling.
No trip to New Orleans is complete without exciting evening activities that will allow attendees to soak in its acclaimed (even infamous) culture. From trips down the mighty Mississippi in an authentic New Orleans steamboat, to a tour of a Mardi Gras float factory and sunset dinner in an antebellum mansion, to live bands, there will be endless opportunities throughout the event to enjoy the classic New Orleans experience.
Future Leaders Forum will run from Thursday, 28 July to Saturday, 30 July 2016. Please visit the website at http://futureleaders.ieeeusa.org/ for more information about speakers, registration, lodging and partnership opportunities. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans in July. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Diana Librizzi is coordinator for IEEE-USA's Career, Member and Professionals Activities programs.